The New School was founded in New York City nearly a century ago as an institution dedicated to intellectual and artistic freedom. Today it is a leading urban university offering some of the nation's most well respected degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, and performing arts. The tradition of active learning begun in 1919 by John Dewey and other founders of The New School is reflected in programs that promote academic excellence, technical mastery, innovation, and engaged world citizenship.
New School students have a number of opportunities for international study. Seventeen percent of the university's eligible graduating seniors have studied abroad. The New School offers study abroad programs in cities such as Bangalore, Berlin, Cape Town, Edinburgh, Florence, Krakow, London, Paris, Sri Lanka, and Verona. Students can also participate in ten pre-approved programs administered by New School affiliates.
Number and country of origin of living alumni: 65,000+ from more than 100 countries
Notable alumni: Nina Arianda '06 (actress), Burt Bacharach '50 (composer), Peter Berger '50 (sociologist), Bradley Cooper '00 (actor), Thomas DiNapoli '88 (New York State comptroller), Tom Ford ’86 (fashion designer and film director), Ali Jackson '00 (jazz drummer), Marc Jacobs '84 (designer), Donna Karan '87 (fashion designer), Jeanine Liburd '95 (executive vice president, Black Entertainment Television), Brad Mehldau '93 (jazz pianist), Eduardo Ochoa ’84 (president, California State University Monterey Bay), Ana Oliveira ’84 (president, NY Women’s Foundation), Robert Pollin '82 (economist), Joel Schumacher '65 (film director), Richard Silverstein '70 (advertising executive), Lorie Slutsky '77 (president, New York Community Trust), Frederica von Stade '69 (opera singer), Dr. Ruth Westheimer '59 (therapist and author), Sean Wilsey ’95 (author), and Robert Wong '90 (chief creative officer, Google)Read more about New School Alumni.
The New School is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
David E. Van Zandt, 2011–
Bob Kerrey, 2001–2010
Jonathan F. Fanton, 1982–1999
John E. Everett, 1964—1982
Henry David, 1960–1962
Hans Simon, 1950–1960
Bryn Hovde, 1945–1950
Alvin Johnson, 1921–1945
Statistics reflect December 2013 data. For the most up-to-date information, visit Institutional Research.
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